The Whaley Show is a podcast by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.
Chat: Mom’s on Team Altra, going out, Ebb & Flow Fermentations, Dewayne Schaaf and being German as a superpower, Tanya’s fresh eyes, in praise of long country drives, American Grassfed Beef, Family Friendly Farm, back to being an almost college town, in praise of Fall, Chesterton and Pimlico, loving discontent, The One Thing You Really Need to Know, and getting the itch. Chat/Muse: Andrew embarks on a confusing and possibly ill advised discussion searching for a larger cause of what he sees as a increase in Southerness in the racial demographics, fashion, food, music, accents, and even wildlife of his area while he was in Denver. Rant: Andrew dives back into the sex abuse scandal, including: the horror is too horrible, addiction to the institution, looking up his abuser online and seeing his face, how his own silence and apologetics after 2002 was of the same motive as the bad bishops and most likely either sin or at least selfishness and addiction to ideology, covering your mother’s shame vs. her sickness, an embargo on the phrase “policies and precedures”, and the Left and Right using the crisis with a take down of both. Muse: obsessing over how to move forward, fear for his business, felix culpa, letting go of the baggage of Christendom, respect vs. clericalism, catholicity vs. institution, celibacy vs. marriage, truth vs. wonder, the 3 Es, the 3 Rs, and so much more. Final Rando Thoughts: The Japanese have a work for buying more books than you can read and male platypi are venomous. Chat. Rant. Muse.
In this episode, after an extended chatty travelogue about his trip to Denver including: feeling like a Hertz big shot, STAAAAHHHHGAAAZZZUUUUHHH, “goging”, a beautiful wedding for beautiful people, “chubbahockas”, digits, the Divine Liturgy, suuuuushiiiiii-ish, getting loved on, being surprised by getting to hang with his best friend Justin Schneir (drink.), and travel karma. Then, he addresses his last show, revisits married priests, affirms the celibate vocation, does the math on tithing, and explores the benefits of breathing with both lungs. Finally, in response to some advice given on a dance contest TV show, he explores how people listen and read through lens of ideology by comparing the same advice from NeYo, Jordan Peterson, and Amy Cuddy on her TED talk, followed by an extended muse/rant on why people are drawn to Peterson, Trump in the rust belt, the alt right, reality as a clash of tribes, why vegans shape their food like meat, and so. much. more.
In this episode: travel mea culpas, Denver plans, priests as wingmen,Northeast Minneapolis reflections, Edith Stein, vocation and waiting, coffeehouse reports, Gamay in Burgundy, ethnic parishes, and a lot more. Then, Andrew talks about the current flare up of scandals in the Church, McCarrick, the new PA grand jury report, abuse in the Church, the tone deaf responses from bishops, and frustration over this all again. Finally, he kind of snaps, calls for collars and mitres to pulled from anyone who knew about any of this, calls for the burning and salting of seminaries that still have the culture that produced this stuff, shares publicly for the first time his own clerical abuse history, and makes a pitch for a married priesthood in the Roman Rite as a way to get an infusion of firm natural masculine character in the pulpit and at the alter.
In this episode: back on planes, getting swoll, a recipe for meta beef stock, didn’t blind trust of the intelligence community get us into Iraq?, the irony of guys in Che Guevara shirts protesting a rich white capitalist not taking a former KGB agent to task like Ronald Reagan did the USSR, Obama’s speech on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mandela, Obama vs. the shout down culture, Fox shout down culture, callout/shoutdown vs. wonder on FB, poop vs a kosher cafe, what happened to anti-Semitism, designer babies, Gattaca, mutant zombie baby army, Alexander the Great, mummies, The One, death metal sign language, vibration as hearing, reality over experience, the Great Electric Fish Fiasco of TAC, the value of the other if understanding is your goal, the necessity of doors that lock for hospitality to be meaningful, a repeated call for a generous and orderly embrace of the refugee and the alien as a good to be welcomed, and so…much…more.
In this episode: 30 days on the diet, nightshades are shady, ugly vs. fat, a scandalous story of Andrew accidentally picking up a model in a bar, fashion advice for historical Steve Jobs, Mac purging as a spiritual discipline, being accosted by beauty with affection at Aldi and other public places, Facebook questions about toilet paper, climate’s effect on worldview, and the Jaques Maritain/Saul Alinksky correspondence, Thai soccer boys buried hidden in a cave are valuable and to be saved, Elon Musk is the awkward Tony Stark, Brett Kavanaugh is evidently a Catholic boy scout, babies hidden in wombs are not valuable and not to be saved evidently, NPR women don’t believe your really pro-life and they might be right, blinding flash of the obvious and CSD is the answer, a correction from last week, hacking StoryBrand for a before the brand soul searching process, website building as discernment, millennials are magic, distributed cognition, a crazy La Guardia coincidence story, God’s weird method of getting Andrew’s attention, St. Benedict poking Andrew, mathematics as metaphor, the Limit as the spiritual life, and On the Assignment of Impossible Tasks, and shout outs.